Hippophae rhamnoides

Common Seabuckthorn




  • native to Europe
  • hardy to zone 4

Habit and Form

  • a large, deciduous shrub
  • spreading, rounded crown
  • 10' to 25' tall
  • with an equal or greater width
  • medium to fine texture
  • medium growth rate

Summer Foliage

  • alternate leaf arrangement
  • simple, deciduous leaves
  • linear, 1" to 3" long
  • entire leaf margin
  • silver green leaf color

Autumn Foliage

  • grayish-green fall color


  • yellowish flowers
  • blooms in march
  • borne in racemes
  • not showy


  • orange, egg-shaped drupe
  • persist through winter


  • slender stems
  • pubescent
  • brownish


  • hard to establish
  • prefers to be left alone
  • full sun
  • salt tolerant

Landscape Use

  • winter fruit effect
  • silvery summer foliage
  • mass or grouping
  • border
  • screen
  • seaside planting


  • none serious

ID Features

  • no terminal buds
  • bud have very loose scales
  • large spreading shrub
  • alternate leaf arrangement
  • silver gray foliage


  • by seed
  • by cuttings


'Leikora' - A female, heavy-fruiting form, this plant is offered by some specialty nurseries.

'Pollmix' - This is a selected male form useful as a pollinator for female clones. One 'Pollmix' can pollinate up to 6 female plants.

'Sprite' - This unusual cultivar is notable for its dense, compact habit to 2' tall and wide. It may be useful as a low hedge in seaside locations.

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Citation and Acknowledgements: University of Connecticut Plant Database, http://hort.uconn.edu/plants, Mark H. Brand, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Storrs, CT 06269-4067 USA.